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The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Virtue Ethics of Care for Healthcare Practitioners

Rosemarie Tong

in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy: A Forum for Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine

Published on behalf of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Inc.

Volume 23, issue 2, pages 131-152
Published in print January 1998 | ISSN: 0360-5310
Published online January 1998 | e-ISSN: 1744-5019 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1076/jmep.23.2.131.8921
The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Virtue Ethics of Care for Healthcare Practitioners

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In this paper I seek to distinguish a feminist virtue ethics of care from (1) justice ethics (2) narrative ethics, (3) care ethics and (4) virtue ethics. I also connect this contemporary discussion of what makes a virtue ethics of care feminist to eighteenth and nineteenth century debates about male, female, and human virtue. I conclude that by focusing on issues related to gender – primarily those related to the systems, structures, and ideologies that create and sustain patterns of male domination and female subordination – we can begin to appreciate that true care and bona-fide virtue can flourish only in societies that treat all persons with equal respect and consideration.

Keywords: care ethics; justice ethics; narrative ethics; virtue ethics; feminist virtue; ethics of care; male virtue; female virtue; human virtue

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